Frank Herbert's masterpiece and it's one of the few that is timeless due to Herbert's gift for creating a Universe of great complexity but managed to focus on the characters and the plot with "plans within plans". His other books were a great followup in the same style . His death was a loss for everyone who enjoys science fiction.
dune as a story is amazing, truly one of the best sci-fi books in our time. What made the listening version hard was the random voice changes of characters for no apparent reason. It would ruin the flow of the story
Dune's critical acclaim is entirely deserved. I regret putting this read off for so long, as it was very enjoyable. My only complaint is with the audio cast. For some reason they jump back and forth between a single narrator and a full ensemble. It was very jarring and confusing until I eventually got used to it. While the narrator was great, I absolutely loved the voices included in the full cast and really wished I could have experienced the entire story under their performance.
The performance could have been great with all the voices they used. But, the swapped voices several times for a couple of key characters. This made the performance confusing and the story hard to follow at times.
In the top five
Nothing to compare it with
Some of these questions are silly.
This is very well read and exciting to listen too. Some parts are done as a reader theatre where different voice actors are used for each character. Unfortunately not all the dialogue is this way. Some voices are done by the narrator so you have to get use to two different voices per main character. It doesn't detract from the overall story, but it is a little awkward to listen to.
I tried to listen to it. It's just not the book for me. A friend said I would like it, but I didn't.
I liked that they had different characters reading the lines. Made more interesting, but still not the book for me.
The depth of character is wonderful although sometimes a little jarring as the time space continuum is odd in the story.
Very engrossing on all points : character and story, good villains, political intrigue, cool sci fi gadgets etc.
The way the drugs and its effects are treated is a little odd to me. I don't quite understand it. They are all of ritual and physiological importance but it kind of all fell flat for me.